Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


First publication launched by the New Zealand Alternative

People curious about and/or committed to what a genuine public conversation about New Zealand's role in the world packed out Meow in Edward Street on Tuesday night for a social launch of 'Aotearoa New Zealand and conflict prevention: Building a truly independent foreign policy'.

After reminding people the official launch would be at the National Library on 24 October, MC Robbie Nicol shared his wish that New Zealand should aspire to be the "Lisa Simpson of the world". Alternatively he took votes on the idea of shipping five New Zealanders to every country in the world as envoys of our differentness.

Two of the four co-founders of the New Zealand Alternative spoke live at the event - Laura O'Connell Rapira and Thomas Nash - and two by video clips - Max Harris and Nina Hall. All received a common seal of approval from an audience hungry for more conversation about the areas that the New Zealand Alternative will be focusing on, including: Decolonisation and indigenous rights, feminist foreign policy, NZ’s humanitarian identity, environmental justice and alternative models for economics and trade

For Rapira the challenge of this new initiative is that it might raise awareness of the power an independent voice has, and that we have just been "scratching the surface" of that voice and New Zealand's potential as a "role model" to the world.

Thomas Nash: "We're not on the right track, and we have to face up to that".

'Aotearoa New Zealand and conflict prevention: Building a truly independent foreign policy' is a comprehensive 76 page report that is available to read/ download at https://bit.ly/2ScOdyx

The four recommendations it closes with are that:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade undertakes a feasibility and appropriateness study for the establishment of a Conflict Prevention Unit;
A Conflict Prevention Unit be established independent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (subject to the feasibility and appropriateness study confirming the viability of a Unit); and
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as others in political and public service leadership (where appropriate), speak more vocally – in formal and informal settings – about New Zealand playing a greater role in peace mediation and conflict prevention internationally; and
A commitment to peace mediation and conflict prevention is made alongside an accompanying redoubling of efforts to decolonise Aotearoa New Zealand.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>


Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>


Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>


"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>





InfoPages News Channels